Le Quartier General, Montreal

There’s a certain stigma to BYOB Montreal restaurants; that being “Must do anything for a cheap night out”. While there’s nothing wrong with being frugal, Montreal restaurant owner Vincent Chatelais wants to give the BYOB atmosphere a bit of respect. After operating Le Pegase for the last 25 years, he’s taken on a new challenge with his new bistro Le Quartier General . Admittedly, business was slow right off the bat. But, since the raving review in Le Voir, manager Domonic La Flamme says they’ve been busy every night, mostly with returning customers bringing different guests each time. Why? Le Quartier General is all about fresh, local Quebec produce served up the classic French Bistro way.

Apart from the central location and the fact that the prices are competitive; we’re guessing Le Quartier General’s popularity with the business crowd has a lot to do with the fact that service is fast enough to make Hermes proud. The mix and match app/entrée menu ranges from $35-$40 a person, so the BYOB is great for those out for a fine dining who want to keep their bill practical. If you want to make an entire meal of appetizers, you’re not short of options. They cover the classic bistro-fare grounds, like the Maple syrup French onion soup, scallops with curry cream, escargot with Bayonne ham, and the tartar of the day.

As strong as this foundation is, the kitchen god is definitely in the details. The mains are relatively straightforward when you compare it with those of the more progressive eateries of late; you can run from the comfort of the Arctic char through to the dangerously rich Quebec grain fed veal chop (emphasis on the Quebec). Also on the rotating menu is a sirloin steak from Farm 1855 (a fave of quality-centric chefs), and a duck breast. The dessert menu is included, so you have no choice but to get a classic crème brûlée. Or better yet; the apple crumble. The menu changes all the time so this is just a ballpark for what you’re are getting yourself into.

The atmosphere is a bit brighter than the average bistro. With the large windows, light coloured walls and warm neutrals accenting the wooden tables, this place combines bistro classics with a homey relaxed feeling. Elements like the chalkboard in the middle of the dining room, however, keep the humbleness to the otherwise upscale environment. This food is made for wine, but you will have to bring it yourself.

Address: 1251 Rue Gilford, Montreal, QC
Contact: 514-658-1839
Cuisine: Bistro Fare
Area: St. Denis
Venue: Restaurant
Hours: Tues- Sat 6pm-10pm
Price Range: $$$ (Within Reach)
Payment: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Debit

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